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Mailbag for Friday, May 4, 2007

| May 4, 2007
This week, economics editor Chris Farrell offers his advice on grading a financial planner, retiring overseas and using retirement money for a house payment.

Buzzword: Woodstock of Capitalism

| May 4, 2007
No naked hippies at this annual festival. Just a bunch of Warren Buffett groupies. At least they avoid bad stock trips.

Comparison shop for that colonoscopy

| May 4, 2007
Insurance companies and certain states are allowing customers to shop around for better costs on operations - from a gallbladder replacement to a nose job.

Unemployment's up as job creation slows

Jeff Tyler | May 4, 2007
The Labor Department says unemployment in April ticked up a tenth to 4.5 percent. At the same time the number of new jobs created last month grew at the slowest rate in more than two years. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Reuters joins Dow Jones as takeover target

Lisa Napoli | May 4, 2007
Thomson Corp. makes an offer to buy the London-based news service, in the same week that News Corp approached the Wall Street Journal's owner. Lisa Napoli explains why news is so hot.
Posted In: Wall Street

Brazil rejects price of Merck's AIDS drug

Helen Palmer | May 4, 2007
Brazil's President Lula da Silva today authorized breaking the patent on Merck's AIDS drug Efavirenz, citing the drug's price. The country will import a generic version from India instead. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Panel: Global warming fix isn' t so steep

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | May 4, 2007
In its third report, the U.N.'s International Panel on Climate Change says the cost of doing something about global warming might not be as much as we thought. Nancy Marshall Genzer discusses the findings with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Canada

Nuclear power's waste problem

| May 4, 2007
Nuclear plants make enormous amounts of power on very little fuel — with no carbon dioxide emissions. But there is that little issue about storing its radioactive waste. Geoff Brumfiel reports.

Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal | May 4, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Better health care through better information

| May 4, 2007
The World Health Organization said today it will provide information online about clinical drug trials. Commentator Michael Millenson says today's news is just a start at addressing the broad issue of health care quality.
Posted In: Health